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‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’ As COVID-19 Cases Exceed 10 Million Worldwide —– WHO

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Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, over 10 million people have been infected and more than 500,000 have died, data from worldometers.info has revealed.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) head, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said the worst is yet to come, noting that the virus would infect many more people if governments did not start to implement the right policies.

“Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus”, Mr Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing on Monday, the BBC reported.

“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he said. “Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

The WHO chief noted that “we’re all in this for the long haul.”

“We will need even greater stores of resilience, patience, humility, and generosity in the months ahead,” he said. “We have already lost so much — but we cannot lose hope.”

In an atmosphere of global political division and fractures on a national level, “the worst is yet to come. I’m sorry to say that,” he said.

“With this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst.”

The latest grim milestone came on Tuesday, nearly four months after the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, when there were 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,000 had died.

The first 41 cases were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10. But the contagion has since spread to the world’s six continents and over 200 countries.

For most of its victims, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks after a combination of treatment therapy, leading to the recovery of almost six million sufferers.

But the contagion is far more deadly for especially older adults and people with existing health problems. It can cause severe pneumonia that can make breathing almost impossible for the victim.

This has made ventilators, a piece of automated equipment that pumps air in and out of the lungs of patients unable to breathe on their own, very scare and high in demand.

As the virus continues to spread, life, as it was, is no longer the same with billions across the world trying to recover from the economic downturn of the lockdown measures. Hospitals are under strain as confirmed infections pile up.

There is no vaccine yet for coronavirus and the pathogen has been mutating in its pattern of spread. A study found that deadly disease can spread through the air and remains contagious for hours.

Statistics

As of the time of filing this report, there are 10,590,953 confirmed cases across the globe, data from worldometers.info, an online dashboard that tracks the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases showed.

Some severely affected countries including the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, Italy, France, and Spain.

However, the four worst-hit countries – U.S., Brazil, Russia, and India – have a combined figure of over five million infections, more than half of the global total.

There are 4,277,962 active cases as of the time of reporting. Of that number, about 4,220,122 (99 percent) are in mild conditions while only 57,840 (1 percent) cases are in serious or critical conditions.

Meanwhile, about 5,798,970 people have recovered after treatment so far worldwide.

As of the time of reporting, about 514,021 people have succumbed to coronavirus, data from worldometers.info showed.

The United States which already has the highest number of reported infections in the world – 2,727,853 – is also the country with the highest death toll of more than 130, 000.

Europe, however, remains the worst-affected region with the combined death toll in Italy, Spain, France, Russia, and the U.K exceeding 150,000, showing the high price nations can pay if the virus outstrips the capacity of a country’s health care system.

Some experts believe the death toll could be higher as many people suspected of the disease die without being tested.

Countries have continued to report inadequate testing kits for potential patients of the virus.

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Senator To Sue Akpabio For Mentioning His Name In NDDC Contract Scam

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in the 8th Senate, Senator Sam Anyanwu, said on Tuesday that he had directed his lawyers to file lawsuits against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Anyanwu, who addressed journalists in Abuja, said he was dragging Akpabio to court for mentioning his name among lawmakers, who had links to the projects awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission in 2018.

The senator, who was also a member of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs in the 8th Senate, denied being a beneficiary of the NDDC projects.

Anyanwu said, “I tried calling him (Akpabio), a couple of times, he has not picked my calls.

“By tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday, my lawyers are going to write to Akpabio to retract it or give us the facts after which, if he doesn’t do anything about this, I will take the next step.

“I was shocked that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs could mention my name that I was awarded contracts.

“I am from Imo State, which is one of the oil-producing states and a member of NDDC; if you remember, it was because of the suffering of the South-East that I moved and sponsored the bill for South-East Development Commission.

“As a member of the committee on NDDC, I attracted projects to my constituency, no contract was ever awarded to me.

“I’m using this medium to call on NDDC to go to my constituency and complete the projects they have started.”

Akpabio had in a letter to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on July 23, linked Senators Peter Nwaoboshi, Mathew Urhoghide, James Manager and Anyanwu, to the contracts awarded by the NDDC in 2018.

All the federal lawmakers he mentioned had, however, denied being beneficiaries of the said contracts.

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BREAKING: I Didn’t Say Lawmakers Got 60 Percent of NDDC Contracts —- Akpabio

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The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied accusing members of the National Assembly of collecting 60 percent of the contracts at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio, in a letter read on the floor of the House during Plenary by the Speaker on Thursday, said the only reference he made to 60 percent during his presentation before the NDDC committee on Monday was in response to a question by a member of the committee.

He said the member had sought to know whether a Medical Director can serve as an Executive Director Project, to which he responded by saying that since 50 to 60 percent of NDDC contracts were medical-related, there was nothing wrong with a Medical Director serving in that capacity.

He also said that the Executive Director Project of the NDDC forwarded to him a list of 19 owed contracts which the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC insisted must be paid before the 2020 budget of the commission is passed.

He also said that the NDDC has jot executed any contract under the 2020 budget since it has not been passed, while the 2019 budget was passed in April and has not been implemented

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, referred the letter to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

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U.K School Hires 10-Year-Old Nigerian Tech Genius, Emmanuella Mayaki, As Its New Coding Instructor

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10-year-old Emmanuella Mayaki, has been hired by a school in the United Kingdom to be a coding instructor, and that sure is a huge feat for the young girl.

The Nigerian is a coding and programming prodigy and has gotten her first job at the tender age.

Emmanuella Mayaki received her first job at the Southfield Primary School in Coventry, England, as the after school coding club teacher.

According to Face 2 Face Africa, she will be responsible for teaching other kids her age about the basics of coding including HTML and CSS.

Southfield Primary School selected Emmanuella Mayaki for the job because of her extraordinary skill and knowledge in the area.

Mayaki’s passion for technology started at 7 years old. At age 9, she obtained a diploma with a specialty in multiple software programs including Advanced PowerPoint, Desktop Publishing, and Advanced Excel. She is still actively learning other coding languages and programs to expand her knowledge even further.

“In the club, there are currently about nine pupils. Hopefully, the club will increase its members in September,” she said in an interview with Face 2 Face Africa.

“Today, my Academy App among others is already on Google Play store where I pass on knowledge of coding and graphics. I remember at age seven, I set a target to become a professional web designer and analyst at age nine, and I have accomplished it,” she added. “In the first week, I was pretty nervous because I had never taught a group of children. Although, my experience was sublime because I gained experience and I also enriched my skills. My observations were that not everyone grasps how to do it on their first try and there are some that they rush through it in a breeze.”

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